Defenseman Keegan Lowe scored with 4.7 seconds to play on his only shot to give the San Diego Gulls a 2-1 victory over the Ontario Reign Wednesday in Irvine.
Lowe took a pass from Alex Dostie and put a shot from just outside the left faceoff circle past Ontario goaltender Matthew Villata for his first goal of the season.
Matt Lorito was credited with an assist.
“To be honest, I blacked out a bit,” Lowe said of the goal. “I knew there wasn’t much time up on the clock. I took a peek on the way up (the ice). They want us up in the rush so I followed the play up.
“The goalie tried to clear the puck so it went past their players. I just went in and tried to put it to the side he wasn’t on and it worked out.”
Lowe is a son of Hockey Hall of Famer Kevin Lowe, a six-time Stanley Cup winner with the Edmonton Oilers and New York Rangers. He latr served as the Oilers’ coach and general manager.
The Gulls (3-0-0-0) tied the score with 10 minutes, 59 seconds left in the third period when defenseman Josh Mahura scored on a breakaway nine seconds after getting out of the penalty box. Dosti received the assist.
Ontario (0-3-0-0) opened the scoring 1:16 into the second period when captain Brett Sutter carried the puck the length of the ice and put a shot over the shoulder of Gulls’ goaltender Lukas Dostal for an unassisted shorthanded goal.
Sutter is a son of former Los Angeles Kings coach Darryl Sutter, who guided them to the Stanley Cup in 2012 and 2014.
The Gulls have matched their best start in their six seasons in the American Hockey League. They were also 3-0-0-0 to start the 2015-16 season, their first in the league.
They face the Colorado Eagles at 7 p.m. Saturday, continuing their home stand.
They are playing their home games in Orange County due to the Anaheim Ducks’ desire to have all players in their organization in one location following the same health protocols.